For other uses, see Gatling Pea (disambiguation).

Gatling Pea is an upgrade plant that first appears in Plants vs. Zombies. It is available for purchase from Crazy Dave's Twiddydinkies for $5000 after beating Level 3-4, and is one of the first upgrade plants available in the game, along with the Twin Sunflower. It upgrades from the Repeater and as such, must be planted on top of a Repeater. Each pea he fires deals 20 damage per shot, but he fires twice as fast as a Repeater and four times as fast as a Peashooter, resulting in four peas shot per round of fire.

He returns in the Chinese version of Plants vs. Zombies 2 as a premium plant in the 1.8.2 update. Ten of Gatling Pea's Puzzle Pieces can be obtained by purchasing ¥168 worth of in-game items. 30 of Gatling Pea's Puzzle Pieces can be obtained if ¥298 is spent, and 60 Puzzle Pieces if ¥398 is spent. The player now no longer needs to spend their money on obtaining ten of Gatling Pea's Puzzle Pieces.


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Like the other peashooting plants, he is based on the pea (Pisum sativum). His name and appearance are reference to the "gatling gun", one of the best known early rapid-fire weapons, invented by Richard Gatling. 

His name is a combination of the words "gatling" referring to his appearance, and "pea" referring to how he is a peashooting plant.


Suburban Almanac entry

Plants vs. Zombies

New gatling pea shooter almanac

Gatling Pea

Gatling Peas shoot four peas at a time.

Damage: normal (for each pea)
Firing Speed: 4x
Must be planted on repeaters

Gatling Pea's parents were concerned when he announced his intention to join the military. "But honey, it's so dangerous!" they said in unison. Gatling Pea refused to budge. "Life is dangerous," he replied, eyes glinting with steely conviction.

Cost: 250

Recharge: very slow

Plants vs. Zombies 2 (Chinese version) (China only)

机枪豌豆 (Gatling Pea)
Sun cost: 375

DAMAGE: Moderate
RANGE: Straight



    In English:

    Gatling Peas shoot four peas at a time.

    Plant feature: green plant, pea family

    When a certain research center exploded, a reed happened to be hit by lightning, and thus he became the Lightning Reed; at the same time, a Peashooter handling a Gatling gun was also struck, and so this is how our new hero -- Gatling Pea was born.


Plants vs. Zombies 2 (Chinese version) (China only)

Plant Food upgrade


A Gatling Pea using his Plant Food effect

When given Plant Food, Gatling Pea shoots 60 peas in three seconds in three lanes.


He now shoots fire and napalm peas alongside with normal peas.

Level upgrade

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New Gatling Pea Upgrade 1
Gun Upgrade
Gatling Pea has a small chance to shoot two peas at 45, 75, 135 and 165 degrees.
Combat Training
Gatling Pea gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New Gatling Pea Upgrade 2
Gun Master
Gatling Pea has a greater chance to shoot two peas at 45, 75, 135 and 165 degrees.
Cell Activation
Gatling Pea gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
Gatling Pea may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Gatling Pea gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).
LevelIcon5New Gatling Pea Upgrade 3
Superpower Pea
Now shoots superpower peas that travel faster and deals more damage.
Fighting Power
Gatling Pea gains another 50% more attack power and health (300% of initial).


Plants vs. Zombies

Gatling Pea shoots four peas at a time. Although the two alternatives, two Repeaters (400 sun) or a Repeater and a Torchwood (375 sun), are cheaper than the Gatling Pea, the Gatling Pea saves space. Of course, it is also possible to use two Gatling Peas and a Torchwood, which is even more space-efficient, but will cost more. Gatling Peas are also very powerful in Survival: Day. Using a Torchwood doubles a pea's damage and provides minor splash damage, so placing a Torchwood in front of two Gatling Peas, in theory, is equal to 16 Peashooters with splash damage, making him a very strong plant. In fact, without Torchwood, he is the most limited upgrade in terms of area of attack (if one of the most concentrated), due to the fact that unlike Cattail, he can only shoot a straight line, and unlike Spikerock and Gloom-shroom, he can only kill one zombie at a time, again, without the Torchwood (also, he is more expensive than any of the plants above). In Survival: Endless, however, there may be so many zombies that even a Torchwood in front of four Gatling Peas is not enough to kill a wave of zombies quickly enough, especially when zombies with shields (including Zombonis) or Giga-gargantuars are present. Winter Melons may be a better choice for this. A good strategy, otherwise, could be two columns of Twin Sunflowers, three of Gatling Peas, Torchwood, Tall-nuts, then Spikerocks, and leave a blank column. This may be costly, but it is a good idea if you want to save space and keep good defense in some situations, such as Marigold farming.

An alternative strategy could be to upgrade Repeater later on in the game, instead concentrating on getting Torchwoods in each lane, and then upgrading to provide extra firepower.

Air Raid

In the DS exclusive mini-game known as Air Raid, Dr. Zomboss is on its Zombot flying in the air, and you have to destroy it using a Gatling Pea riding on an Flower Pot airplane. Try to upgrade your Gatling Pea as much as possible (like getting a Pumpkin), and try to dodge Dr. Zomboss's attacks.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 (Chinese version) (China only)

This can become a very powerful plant when leveled up. Although it is very hard to level him up, it will be worth it. Gatling Pea has the ability to take out Buckethead Zombies in seconds, and when leveled up, can act as a better Threepeater. If enough stars have been obtained, the player should have a Level 3 Torchwood, which will increase Gatling Pea's power by a lot. However, it's not recommended to use against Jester Zombie and Hammer Zombie, as they can send the projectiles back and potentially clear out a row due to the power Gatling Pea throws out. Shield Zombie can also negate Gatling Pea's attack.

Related achievements

Don't Pea in the Pool
Don't Pea in the Pool
Complete a Daytime Pool level without using Peashooters of any kind.
Collect all 49 plants.
Book Learner
The Complete Zombie2
The Complete Zombie
You've won every trophy, climbed every mountain, defeated every zombie, planted every plant. Congratulations!


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Specific to Plants vs. Zombies

  • His appearance just like a Repeater, just with facepaint, a gatling gun, and an army helmet.
  • He and Twin Sunflower are the only upgrades that cost $5000.
  • If the player looks closely, they can see creases behind his lips. This is possibly because he has his gatling gun in his mouth.
  • This is the only upgrade plant that is used as a zombie in ZomBotany, more specifically ZomBotany 2.

A Gatling Pea Zombie, the Gatling Pea's ZomBotany equivalent

  • He is the slowest recharging peashooting plant due to the fact that he is an upgrade plant.
  • He is the only plant to have facepaint.
  • If the player looks closely, his gatling gun moves a little bit to its left, then back to the positioning of where it originally was.
  • Sometimes, a newly planted Gatling Pea shoots three peas before shooting four peas.
    • This is also like the Repeater and Cattail, as they will sometimes shoot one projectile before two.
  • He, Imitater, and Cattail are the only plants with headwear, specifically a helmet, beret, and bonnet. His helmet does not increase his health.
  • His peas are too large to fit through the gatling gun's holes.
  • His face paint, gatling gun, and helmet suggest that he is from the "Plant Army," which is relevant to the Suburban Almanac entry.
  • In Air Raid, Gatling Pea can be upgraded to a Threepeater, which shoots four peas in three directions, for a total of 12 peas.
  • He, Plantern, Magnet-shroom, Gold Magnet, Cob Cannon, Cattail, and Imitater are the only plants that have non-plant accessories on them.
  • While playing Air Raid, if the player's Threepeater without Pumpkin gets hit, they will revert to a Gatling Pea.
  • He leans a bit closer to the zombies with every pea it fires, then it will rear back to get ready to fire again.
  • He is seen flying a plane in Air Raid.
  • He is currently the only plant that is both an upgrade plant and an upgradeable plant.
  • He is the only peashooting plant that has an object sticking out of its mouth.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies 2

  • Although this plant does not appear in the sequel (except its Chinese version), when Peashooter or Repeater are given Plant Food, they will appear with a helmet, referencing this plant.
    • The upgraded Peashooter has a green helmet with a star on it (resembling WW2 American Helmets), and the upgraded Repeater has a blue helmet with two arrows and a spike on it (resembling WW1 German Helmets).

Specific to the Chinese version (China only)

  • He and Cattail were the only plants that could only be obtained by spending real-life money, as Cherry Bomb could be obtained by spending diamonds.
    • However, the player now no longer needs to spend real-life money on both Gatling Pea and Cattail.
  • He, Plantern, Coffee Bean, Cattail, and Cob Cannon are the only plants that are in the original Plants vs. Zombies to appear in the Chinese version without appearing in the international version of Plants vs. Zombies 2.
  • He appears to fire faster than a Peashooter, but he still shoots peas every 1.5 seconds. This is because the counter resets when the first pea is launched, instead of the last.
  • He is the most expensive peashooting plant in the series (not counting a fully upgraded Pea Pod).
  • He and MC Glory are the only plants to have a sun cost of 375.
  • If he is placed directly behind a Torchwood, the frontmost pea will not be ignited.
  • His level 5 projectile is the same as Gatling Pea's projectile in Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars.

See also

V · T · E
Plants (Tower defense)
Plants vs. Zombies
Day Peashooter · Sunflower · Cherry Bomb · Wall-nut · Potato Mine · Snow Pea · Chomper · Repeater
Night Puff-shroom · Sun-shroom · Fume-shroom · Grave Buster · Hypno-shroom · Scaredy-shroom · Ice-shroom · Doom-shroom
Pool Lily Pad · Squash · Threepeater · Tangle Kelp · Jalapeno · Spikeweed · Torchwood · Tall-nut
Fog Sea-shroom · Plantern · Cactus · Blover · Split Pea · Starfruit · Pumpkin · Magnet-shroom
Roof Cabbage-pult · Flower Pot · Kernel-pult · Coffee Bean · Garlic · Umbrella Leaf · Marigold · Melon-pult
Upgrades Gatling Pea · Twin Sunflower · Gloom-shroom · Cattail · Winter Melon · Gold Magnet · Spikerock · Cob Cannon
Others Imitater · Explode-o-nut · Giant Wall-nut · Giant Sunflower · Giant Marigold · Sprout
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